A group of Nigerians which are advocating for restructuring in Nigeria through the use of violence and social unrest was on Sunday attacked by the Presidency.
Garba Shehu, the senior assistant to President Buhari on media and publicity stated this while reacting to the statement credited to the former Chief of Defence Staff, retired Gen. Alexander Ogomudia, who submitted that, ‘Nigeria may be restructured violently.’
Shehu noted that the greatest threat to a country like Nigeria which is made up of geo-political entity is from mindset of individuals with the idea of violence as a means to change.
The President’s aide said, “this vituperation, coming from a former military Chief speaks volumes about the mindset of groups of citizens who have yet to accept democracy as a form of government.”
He noted that the country which is guided by constitutions, must abide by the norms of democracy, otherwise they would be extrajudicial and therefore unconstitutional.
Shehu noted that democracy has subsisted, uninterrupted, for more than 20 years and still going, and the country’s law courts, with its armed forces are primed at all times to defend it using all means that are lawful.
“The biggest challenge to the country today is not necessarily from perceived regional or state imbalances or conflicts between the government at the centre and states but from the mindsets and entities rooted in the idea of violence as a means to change.”
He accused some individuals of nursing ideas of violence and hate as a means of restructuring the country.
The president’s aide stated that the Buhari administration would continue to promote the virtues of democratic principles to counter “the growing calls for violence as a means to change” in the country.
He also spoke on the view that the Buhari administration has refused to take action on the murder of retired Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, a former Chief of Defence Staff.
“Equally important is to deny the General’s assertion that nothing had been done on the unfortunate gruesome murder of Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, a former Chief of Defence Staff.”
“Truth is, the investigation instituted by General Olonisakin, the current Chief of Defence Staff, has led to the arrest of 14 suspects based on their alleged involvement in a report that has been sent to the police and the Nigeria Air Force for further action,” he added.